U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.27%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.27%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Technology and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.27%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.06%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.74%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which rose 2.00% or 1.03 points to trade at 52.59 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) added 1.44% or 0.93 points to end at 65.46 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) was up 0.95% or 0.32 points to 33.88 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 3.34% or 3.57 points to trade at 103.47 in late trade. E I du Pont de Nemours & Co (NYSE: DD ) declined 2.65% or 2.20 points to end at 80.92 and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) shed 1.87% or 1.99 points to 104.49.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were CA Inc (NASDAQ: CA ) which rose 13.36% to 35.80, Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT ) which was up 9.58% to settle at 98.58 and Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY ) which gained 7.55% to close at 133.99.

The worst performers were Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR ) which was down 8.20% to 1.12 in late trade, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which lost 7.94% to settle at 4.520 and Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which was down 5.55% to 56.20 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA ) which rose 97.14% to 0.304, Sky Solar Holdings Adr Rep 8 (NASDAQ: SKYS ) which was up 31.37% to settle at 1.404 and Rand Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: RLOG ) which gained 31.23% to close at 0.4500.

The worst performers were FunctionX Inc (NASDAQ: FNCX ) which was down 19.80% to 0.3930 in late trade, Sears Canada Inc (NASDAQ: SRSC ) which lost 19.69% to settle at 0.469 and DryShips Inc (NASDAQ: DRYS ) which was down 16.67% to 0.85 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2060 to 1165 and 28 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1305 fell and 1212 advanced, while 97 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.46% to 10.81.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.27% or 3.32 to $1246.82 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 2.25% or 0.98 to hit $42.53 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 2.65% or 1.22 to trade at $44.80 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.27% to 1.1164, while USD/JPY fell 0.04% to 111.42.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 97.24.

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